Midwinter Meeting

ALA announces Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort grant opportunity

Public libraries invited to apply by March 6 to receive $8,000 grant and 18 months of professional development in community engagement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

ALA urges library directors to support trustee membership to United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — At the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Council passed a resolution urging all library directors to encourage and support United for Libraries memberships for each of their trustees. The resolution was supported by the Public Library Association (PLA), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and United for Libraries.

2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits —thousands of attendees, conversations and events

CHICAGO -- With the city's near-record snowfall swirling outside, 10,637 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 3466 exhibitors) created their own indoor blizzard of ideas, insights and energy at more than 1,800 meetings, events and social gatherings that offered lively conversations, updates, productive problem-solving and networking throughout McCormick Place and other venues during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago, Jan. 29-Feb. 3. With a focus on “The conversation starts here . .

RUSA announces 2015 book and media awards for adults

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the top books in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and genre; audio books; and reference books for adults – including the Notable Books List, Reading List, Sophie Brody Medal, Listen List, Dartmouth Medal and Outstanding Reference Sources – at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

A list of all the 2015 award winners follows:

Notable Books List for excellence in fiction, nonfiction and poetry:

Fiction

Annual list of Best Historical Materials selected by RUSA’s History Section

CHICAGO —The annual list of Best Historical materials was announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

2015 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature names winner, honorable mentions

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2015 Sophie Brody Medal, an honor bestowed by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting.

This Year’s winner is "A Replacement Life" by Boris Fishman, published by HarperCollins. This is a story about the immigrant experience and committing fraud for the right reasons: family, love and Holocaust reparations.

The 'Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism' wins Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference sources

CHICAGO  The winner of the 2015 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work, an annual award presented by the expert reference and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA, is the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism  published by Princeton University Press.

2015 Outstanding Reference Sources List: Reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries

CHICAGO  The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2014 have been named to the 2015 Outstanding References Sources List, an annual list selected by experts of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA.

Winner of 2015 Zora Neale Hurston Award for promoting African-American Literature announced

CHICAGO — Carolyn Garnes, founder and CEO of Aunt Lil’s Reading Room, is the 2015 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, an annual achievement award administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association and sponsored by HarperCollins.

2015 Reading List announced: Year’s best in genre fiction for adult readers

CHICAGO — The Reading List Council has announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list composed of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.  The list was announced today during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

The 2015 selections are:

Adrenaline

Winner
“Broken Monsters” by Lauren Beukes (Mulholland Books)

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